The Asian Games 2023 men’s cricket competition, delayed by a year due to the pandemic, will be held from September 28 to October 8. The 2023 World Cup will start on October 5. Given these dates, it’s likely that the Indian Asian Games squad players won’t participate in the World Cup. The BCCI announced a squad led by Ruturaj Gaikwad. While the World Cup is an ODI tournament and the Asian Games is a T20 competition, some players could have been valuable additions to India’s World Cup squad. Although these three Indian men’s players were picked for the 2023 Asian Games, they should have been considered for the World Cup instead.
New Zealand versus India – Third T20
Arshdeep Singh, who has yet to take a wicket in three ODIs for Team India, appears to be a name that could be extremely successful in the 50-over format. Arshdeep can swing the ball both ways and be a lethal weapon at the end of the innings, having significantly increased his pace over the last few years. The left-armer has demonstrated that he can step up under pressure by leading the Indian pace attack in global competitions such as the T20 World Cup. Jasprit Bumrah’s fitness is currently unknown, and Mohammad Shami has not set the ODI stage on fire. Jaydev Unadkat seems to be the preferred left-arm pacer over Arshdeep, but the Men in Blue should have at least considered keeping the 24-year-old in the mix.
New Zealand versus India – Third ODI
Washington Sundar has taken 16 wickets in 16 ODIs for Team India, with an economy rate of 5.05 and an average of 29.12 with the bat. These are good figures for a player who has never been given a consistent run of games in the playing XI. Sundar, on the other hand, appears to be out of the picture in ODIs. He has not been chosen for India’s upcoming series against West Indies, and his inclusion in the Asian Games squad indicates that the national team expects Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel to be their only finger-spinning all-rounders for the World Cup. Sundar has recently struggled with injuries and form concerns, but if he is physically fit, he definitely deserves to be considered for the ODI team.At the moment, India lacks A 23-year-old all-rounder who bowls off-spin can cover certain bases that others cannot.
Bangladesh U19 versus India U19 – Under 19 Tri-series Final
Yashasvi Jaiswal is no stranger to performing in ICC events. The young opener has gone from strength to strength over the last few years, bursting onto the scene with a breakout campaign in the U19 World Cup. Jaiswal had an impressive Indian Premier League (IPL) season for the Rajasthan Royals (RR) and made his Test debut in the Caribbean, smashing a century. More importantly, his List A figures suggest that he might just save his best for the 50-over format. India currently lacks a backup opener to supplement Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill in the World Cup. While Shikhar Dhawan and Ishan Kishan appear to be the frontrunners for the spot, Jaiswal, based on current form, should be selected ahead of them.
Team India men’s squad for the Asian Games 2023: Ruturaj Gaikwad (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rahul Tripathi, Tilak Varma, Rinku Singh, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Mukesh Kumar, Shivam Mavi, Shivam Dube, Prabhsimran Singh (wk).